August 2, 2008

somali invaders

Filed under:, , , , , — cwage @ 10:52 am

THE SOMALIS ARE COMING!! NO ONE IS SAFE!! GUARD YOUR CHICKEN!!

I applaud Christy for bravely, calmly and logically addressing the comments in this news story about a Tyson chicken plant trading Labor day for Eid al-Fitr due to its largely Somali muslim employee base.

It's worth reading for the amusement value alone.. I have to admire Christy for not resorting to the sheer mockery I'm about to indulge in:

I can't believe this! I didn't catch the local news tonight as I was heading to work. However, I clicked on "FreeRepublic.com" where I get most of my news (from a conservative standpoint)

This bit alone was worth the price of admission, and it requires no comment. (Go to freerepublic.com sometime, if you don't know what I mean.)

I have forwarded this email to Gary Mickelson at Tyson as well... may his mailbox overflow with dissatisfaction!

I like this, too. Very epic.. Is this like the modern equivalent of "MAY THE STREETS OVERFLOW WITH THEIR BLOOD!!!"?

YOU SHALL SUFFER MY MIGHTY WRATH!! FEEL THE PAIN OF YOUR SLIGHTLY MORE FULL TRASH OR SPAM FOLDER!!!

The only thing that is probably worth adding to Christy's analysis is how in their hysteria these people are also making a few very classic mistakes with regards to immigrants/refugees and basic economics.

First, you get the standard "they are stealing our jobs" thing, which is bunk. There will be turbulence and adjustment from the dynamics of a large influx of population, of course, but from a basic economic standpoint, new people become contributing members of an economy just by virtue of existing. Immigrants need to buy stuff to stay alive, too. They actually don't just work 24/7, believe it or not. There's a traditional counter-argument to this -- that many immigrants from Mexico disburse a lot of the money they earn back home, and thus it's not actually contributing to the economy here -- but even this argument is probably not appliable to the Somali refugees in question, since (I am assuming here) most of them don't exactly have anyone back home to send money to.

Second, there's the "my tax dollars!!" thing. Christy did a great job pointing out all the ways in which they're not exactly given a free ride, but it's probably also worth pointing out that, you know, these immigrants are working. And getting paid. And thus, paying income tax. They pay taxes too.